Notre Dame de Bayeux at sunset.

Notre Dame de Bayeux

Notre Dame de Bayeux

Notre Dame de Bayeux

In town for another round of travaux, we finished another dusty day with a pint of Guinness and a walk around Notre Dame. As the sun hid further into the sky the jeu de lumière was absolutely stunning. I’m not sure if I’d ever seen “our lady” look so beautiful, although the Guinness probably helped too.


A cloudy day in a little port with a big past.

A mere 15 minutes by car from Bayeux lies the little fishing town of Port-en-Bessin. On Sunday mornings an open market takes place on its main strip and harbour with fresh fish and other local goods.



Descending into the water is a little beach entirely composed of broken scallop shells.


A plaque commemorating the heroic actions of the No. 47 Royal Marine Commando stands at the entrance of the beach where unbroken shells are placed at the foot of the monument in tribute.


Read about the amazing events that forever marked this port:

  •  D-Day: Heroic battle in Port-en-Bessin from the Telegraph.


Summer days in Bayeux

The weather is cold, the sky is grey, so here’s some pics of some hot summer days.

Created in 1859 by Eugène Bühler, “The Public Garden of Bayeux”  covers 2.6 hectares and is the home to over 400 tree species. One of these trees, a weeping beech “le Hêtre Pleureur” ,  is a certified  ‘Remarkable tree of France’ (I didn’t even know that existed). The branches are so heavy on its old trunk that a complicated support system of wires was constructed to keep the tree standing.

Le Jardin Publique de Bayeux:
Open 9am to 5pm, October to March
and 9am to 8pm, April to September


Autumn is here.

 Organic locally grown squash at the Bayeux Market

We had some wonderful weather this last weekend in Bayeux.  The colors and produce announced fall, but le temps was all t-shirt.

We spent Saturday taking advantage of the beach in what could be the last nice weekend for a while. Asnelles looked just like it did this summer:

House on the boardwalk of Asnelles
 House on the boardwalk of Asnelles
DSC_0300 Boardwalk of Asnelles

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Gustave Gain and other pioneers of early color photography now at Musée de Normandie.

 Gustave Gain, Jeune fille accoudée à un mur, date unknown

I wish I had time to write a better post about Autochrome Lumière photography and the amazing life and images that Gustave Gain led and left. I first saw these images in the book  “Couleurs sensibles, photographies autochromes de Gustave Gain”, after my beau-parents had bought it at an exposition of autochrome photography currently showing at the Musée de Normandie in Caen. I was immediately transported by the sheer beauty of these stills and enthralled by his fascinating life story.

Born in 1876 in Cherbourg, Gustave Gain belonged to a family of scientists, world travelers and photographers. In addition to his career as a chemist at the Museum of Natural History in Paris, he practiced with talent the art of photography. The invention of Autochrome in the early twentieth century allowed a new access to the world of color. The collection presented in this book provides valuable insights into the past. Each landscape, each still life, each portrait, is composed with such a sensitive eye, much like a painter’s canvas. – Translated from

 Gustave Gain, Nature morte aux fleurs et fruits d’été
 Gustave Gain, Pierre Gain en élève studieux au balcon, circa 1909
 Gustave Gain, Géranium à la fenêtre

Colour was a latecomer to the practice of photography. It was not introduced until the invention of the autochrome process as developed by the Lumière brothers. Production on an industrial scale and, from 1907, its marketing led to a new way of viewing the world and of composing pictures. This is how photography walked in the footsteps of the Impressionists, for whom colour was central to their art. The “En couleurs et en lumière” exhibition will be presenting a selection of autochromes taken from some prestigious public and private collections (Musée d’Orsay, Société Française de Photographie, Cinémathèque Robert Lynen, Musée Albert-Kahn, Archives Départementales de la Manche). Photographed for the first time in colour, landscapes, monuments, portraits and genre scenes provide an unusual illustration of the tenuous links between colour photography, Impressionism and Neo-Impressionism. – Musée de Normandie

Gustave Gain, Pêcheuses sur la plage, Siouville-Hague (Manche)
  Gustave Gain, Plage de Diélette, Flamanville (Manche), circa 1920
 Gustave Gain, Adeline Gain, circa 1910

My belle mere’s family is from the region just south of Cherbourg where all the coastal shots  were taken. (more…)


A beautiful weekend in Normandy.

PicMonkey Collage


We took a couple of days off and spent a wonderful long 4th of July weekend in Bayeux. After what seemed liked the longest winter and virtually no spring, summer is now officially here! We eat outside every night chez les beau parents, drinking rosé and grilling fresh local mackerel. It doesn’t get much better than that. (more…)

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